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in Museum Folkwang & Villa Hügel

Museum Folkwang, Essen

Foto: Wubbo de Jong / MAI (Maria Austria Instituut)

The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s 'Amerika' (Museum Folkwang)

Growing up in Essen as the son of the director of the Zeche Katharina mine, Martin Kippenberger was inspired to become an artist by numerous visits with his father to Museum Folkwang. His late magnum opus The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s ‘Amerika’ – a large-scale installation with the dimensions of a sporting arena – is being shown in Kippenberger’s home town for the fi rst time. Museum Folkwang’s large exhibition hall makes it possible to present Kippenberger’s most important work at its impressive full size as developed by the artist between 1992 and 1994.

Funded by Kunststiftung NRW

Forgotten Interior Design Problems at Villa Hügel (Villa Hügel)

This exhibition will present around 120 of Martin Kippenberger’s books and 100 of his posters. Its title is borrowed from an exhibition of the artist’s work, which was shown in 1996. For Kippenberger, books and posters played an important role throughout his life. Now his artist books are on display in the historical library of Villa Hügel. For the duration of the exhibition, Kippenberger’s experimental and sometimes provocative books will stand in marked contrast to the classic book collection of the Krupp family. The presentation of the posters places particular emphasis on the various forms of Kippenberger’s self-dramatisation and his position
within a network of artist friends.

Funded by Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung

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